Angie & Ben

Tomorrow is September's eve.  The air is carrying a sense of calm this evening.  Thought it would be a nice night to share with you some beautiful images from Danielle Aquiline.  I like Danielle's photography style and I think her website is incredibly charming.  Enjoy these images from Angie & Ben's beautiful wedding!!

Angie's colors were dramatic and beautiful, but her bridal bouquet was kept sweet & soft with a little peach added in.

I love how her tattoo compliments the bouquet.

The ceremony & reception both took place at the W City Center.

As always, Greatest Expectations provided flawless coordination!!  Those ladies are simply fabulous to work with!

We included our crystal votive holders on the tables with mercury glass vessels.

The centerpieces were so lush with peonies, dahlias, garden roses and more.  Agapanthus & Queen Anne's lace added some texture.  The silver & sparkles really transformed the room into an even more elegant and sophisticated setting.

Contrast is never tiresome.

It's later than I thought, 10:21 and I'm tired.  I want to read.  I've been lost in the words of a Russian poet and his translator.  It's quiet tonight.  A good night for Sam Cooke, a good night to ignore the spider to my right, a good night to lay on the couch, belly flat considering other things.  It's a good night for quiet.

Congratulations Angie & Ben.  I really loved working with you two.

The ladies of March & April

Saturday night.  Bowl of mac & cheese, super comfy couch, glass of red wine, listening to my Antena LP and crashing on the couch.  This is the life.  The only thing that would make it better is if Davey was sitting next to me.  I miss him.  Our schedules are completely opposite and sometimes it gets to me.

I'm looking forward to planning picnics.  Homemade tuna salad sandwiches (sans the mayo) on a baguette wrapped in waxed paper with twine.  Sitting on a soft blanket in the sunshine.  Living that leisurely, lovely life.  Sunny days like today are invigorating.  Playing with cherry blossoms & hydrangea outside in the crisp fresh air  this afternoon while setting up felt just so right.  March and April are the mack daddy's of the floral months.  Their ladies are the helleborus, the ranunculus, the anemones.

This is a mock up for a wedding in June.  It makes me really happy.  I think you can see why.  I can't wait for it, actually.

Tomorrow I'm waking up & hitting the gym.  And then sharing photos of today's wedding with you.  And then hosting our first Clothing Swap at Fleur.  It's 4-7pm.  Ladies, bring the clothes you want to cast from your closet and pick up something new!  $5 suggested donation to cover snacks.  The leftover dolla's are being donated to One Tail at a Time, AND we're matching the donation.  Leftover clothes are going to a women's shelter.  See you tomorrow!!!

Kate & Tim

Kate & Tim were married this past June.

It was such a pretty, classic June wedding in the palette of blue.

Weddings like Kate and Tim's are so timeless and so elegant.  They can easily transcend any decade .

The flowers used were Dutch hydrangea, orchids, peonies, roses, orchids and delphinium.

The low centerpiece vases were lined with variegated ginger leaves with the blooms overflowing from the top for a clean but still garden-like centerpiece.  And the talls were pools of blue and white accented with green.

The reception was held at the Inverness Golf Course in Palatine, and the photographer was the incredibly talented YazyJo.  This wedding was so very much fun to plan.  I worked often with Kate's mother, Becky, who is a spirited and endearing woman.  She was so excited about the wedding and such a wonderful person to work with.  It also turns out, Kate & Tim happen to live just a half a block away from me!  I'm hoping to run into them soon.

Congratulations once again, Kate and Tim!

(And a special thank you to Yazyjo Photography for these beautiful images!)